Merry Christmas! And do you support background checks?
Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City decided to celebrate the holiday season by doing the only thing he knows how to do: issue a call for more government control over your life.
In a Politico piece entitled “Yes, We Can Prevent Gun Violence”, Bloomberg co-authors a long string of talking points that Americans have heard repeatedly since the Newtown tragedy last year. That tragedy, unsurprisingly, is referenced in the article. Because we all want to be reminded about kids being shot at Christmas time, right?
Bloomberg writes: “But today, gun buyers with something to hide are turning to unlicensed ‘private sellers’ over the Internet and at gun shows who aren’t required to conduct background checks.”
And, just like that, the mayor of New York City regurgitates the “gun show loophole” myth. This legend has been debunked repeatedly since the tragedy at Sandy Hook over a year ago. Perhaps Bloomberg believes that if he repeats the tale enough times, it will miraculously become true.
And then we have this from Big Nanny: “Closing dangerous loopholes in the background check system and strengthening enforcement of the laws already on the books is an uphill battle. For decades the gun lobby has had the field to itself, fear-mongering to raise money and sell firearms, and claiming any measure to keep guns out of the hands of criminals is a step on the way to gun confiscation, which is of course nonsense.”
Perhaps Mr. Bloomberg should look to his own backyard. Gun control passed earlier this year in his home state of New York, and gun confiscation is already happening there.
Then, of course, there’s this thing called the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. For some reason, that isn’t mentioned in Bloomberg’s piece.
No surprise there.